Worcester County, MA

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2022 Population
858,898
0.238% 1-year growth
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.2
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
9.99%
1.86% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$88,524
8.41% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$363,200
15.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
441,570
0.829% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Worcester County, MA had a population of 859k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $88,524. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Worcester County, MA grew from 856,858 to 858,898, a 0.238% increase and its median household income grew from $81,660 to $88,524, a 8.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Worcester County, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.74%), White (Hispanic) (4.71%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (4.28%).

None of the households in Worcester County, MA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.8% of the residents in Worcester County, MA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Worcester County, MA are Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2,186 degrees awarded in 2022), Fitchburg State University (165820) (1,928 degrees), and Worcester State University (168430) (1,510 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Worcester County, MA was $363,200, and the homeownership rate was 65.9%.

Most people in Worcester County, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Worcester County, MA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Worcester County, MA is home to a population of 859k people, from which 93.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 13.3% of Worcester County, MA residents were born outside of the country (115k people).

In 2022, there were 14.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (631k people) in Worcester County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.8k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 40.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.8%
2022 Citizenship
94%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.8% of Worcester County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Worcester County, MA was 94%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Worcester County, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    631k ± 1.59k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    43.8k ± 835
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    40.7k ± 1.23k
12.5%
Hispanic Population
107k people

In 2022, there were 14.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (631k people) in Worcester County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.8k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 40.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12.5% of the people in Worcester County, MA are hispanic (107k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Worcester County, MA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. China
    102,973 ± 7,820 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    99,956 ± 7,706 people
  3. Brazil
    93,519 ± 7,457 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 102,973 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 99,956 and Brazil with 93,519.

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Foreign-Born Population

13.3%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
115k people
13%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
112k people

As of 2022, 13.3% of Worcester County, MA residents (115k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Worcester County, MA was 13%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    12,567 ± 879
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,078 ± 717
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,224 ± 685

Worcester County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.78 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Worcester County, MA employs 442k people. The largest industries in Worcester County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (73,083 people), Manufacturing (51,583 people), and Educational Services (51,325 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($105,152), Utilities ($96,310), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($92,935).

Males in Massachusetts have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $81,902. The income inequality in Massachusetts (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

442k
2022 Value
± 5,350
0.829%
1 Year growth
± 1.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Worcester County, MA grew at a rate of 0.829%, from 438k employees to 442k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Worcester County, MA, are Management Occupations (53,054 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,138 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (38,912 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Worcester County, MA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

442k
2022 Value
± 5,350
0.829%
1 Year growth
± 1.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Worcester County, MA grew at a rate of 0.829%, from 438k employees to 442k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Worcester County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (73,083 people), Manufacturing (51,583 people), and Educational Services (51,325 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Worcester County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Worcester County, MA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$62,840
Median earning men ± $1,341
$45,201
Median earning women ± $862

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($91,167), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($88,766), and Information ($87,025).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($66,199), Public Administration ($62,806), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($57,951).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.61%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.67M people employed in Massachusetts. This represents a 2.61% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 17.5%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Massachusetts.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 7,357
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 4,260
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 4,198
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Worcester County, MA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 57.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (39.5%), followed by Other (1.69%).

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing the state of Massachusetts. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Massachusetts

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Elizabeth Warren
Senator from Massachusetts1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ed Markey
Senator from Massachusetts2
Assumed office on July 16, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Mo Cowan, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of John Kerry, who had become Secretary of State.

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing Massachusetts.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Massachusetts

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Massachusetts have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Worcester County, MA awarded 12,359 degrees. The student population of Worcester County, MA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 18,723 male students and 23,565 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Worcester County, MA are White (8,056 and 69.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,308 and 11.3%), Black or African American (883 and 7.63%), and Asian (565 and 4.88%).

The largest universities in Worcester County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2,186 and 17.7%), Fitchburg State University (165820) (1,928 and 15.6%), and Worcester State University (168430) (1,510 and 12.2%).

The most popular majors in Worcester County, MA are General Business Administration & Management (1,270 and 10.3%), Registered Nursing (661 and 5.35%), and General Psychology (560 and 4.53%).

The median tuition costs in Worcester County, MA are $49,340 for private four year colleges, and $970 and $7,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Worcester County, MA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 62.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 42,288 (44.3% men and 55.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 42,288 students enrolled in Worcester County, MA, 44.3% men and 55.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 25,128 records, of which 56.7% were women and 43.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 412 degrees awarded
  2. 278 degrees awarded
  3. 513 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Worcester County, MA was General Business Administration & Management with 412 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Worcester County, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,186 degrees awarded
  2. 1,928 degrees awarded
  3. 1,510 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Worcester Polytechnic Institute with 2,186 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 5,174 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Worcester County, MA, which is 0.72 times less than the 7,185 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8,056 degrees mean that there were 6.16 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,308 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($49,340) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($9,884) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,284) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 1.17% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.24% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Bachelors Degree (1.35M), High School or Equivalent (1.34M), and Graduate Degree (1.03M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Worcester County, MA was $363,200 in 2022, which is 1.29 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $314,900 to $363,200, a 15.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Worcester County, MA is 65.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Worcester County, MA have an average commute time of 29.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Worcester County, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Worcester County, MA is $88,524. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Worcester County, MA was Census Tract 7424.01 with a value of $229,000, followed by Census Tract 7411.02 and Census Tract 7151, with respective values of $197,589 and $191,208.

In 2022, 15.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Worcester County, MA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.666%.

Property

$363,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,372
$217,813
Median Property Taxes
±$2,816

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Worcester County, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

65.9%
Homeownership
2022
61.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.9% of the housing units in Worcester County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 7424.01
  2. Census Tract 7411.02
  3. Census Tract 7151

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Worcester County, MA was Census Tract 7424.01 with a value of $229,000, followed by Census Tract 7411.02 and Census Tract 7151, with respective values of $197,589 and $191,208.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Worcester County, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$88,524
Median Household Income
± $1,230
330k
Number of Households
± 4,454

In 2022, the median household income of the 330k households in Worcester County, MA grew to $88,524 from the previous year's value of $81,660.

The following chart displays the households in Worcester County, MA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Worcester County, MA is from Massachusetts.
0.48
2022 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.48
2021 Wage GINI in Massachusetts

In 2022, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.047% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.7%)
  3. Carpooled (7.69%)

In 2022, 73.5% of workers in Worcester County, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.7%) and those who carpooled to work (7.69%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

29.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Worcester County, MA have a longer commute time (29.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.77% of the workforce in Worcester County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Worcester County, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Worcester County, MA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Worcester County, MA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.666%.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.99% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Worcester County, MA (83.3k out of 834k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Worcester County, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 10.8% of the children was living in poverty in Worcester County, MA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 4.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 436 in Worcester County, MA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 16.4 per 100,000 population.

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Health

97.5% of the population of Worcester County, MA has health coverage, with 53.7% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 0.9% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Worcester County, MA see 1002 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.906% increase from the previous year (993 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1294 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 180 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,002 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Worcester County, MA

Primary care physicians in Worcester County, MA see an average of 1,002 patients per year. This represents a 0.906% increase from the previous year (993 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Worcester County, MA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.4% under 18 years, 21.1% between 18 and 34 years, 40.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

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Uninsured People

2.5%
Uninsured
53.7%
Employer Coverage
19.5%
Medicaid
10.9%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
0.9%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Worcester County, MA grew by 4.21% from 2.4% to 2.5%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 35.8 in Worcester County, MA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.4% in Worcester County, MA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 3.51% in Worcester County, MA.

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